Expo 2020: Falcon design selected for UAE Pavilion
Santiago Calatrava's falcon in flight-inspired design has been selected for the UAE Pavilion at the Dubai World Expo 2020
Santiago Calatrava's falcon in flight-inspired design has been selected for the UAE Pavilion at the Dubai World Expo 2020, the National Media Council revealed.
Calatrava's proposal was formally selected following a seven-month design competition managed by Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company.
The contest saw 9 of the world's most renowned architectural firms submit 11 concepts.
Located facing the Al Wasl Plaza, which lies at the centre of the 200ha exhibition zone, the UAE Pavilion will represent the UAE to the 25 million visitors and participants from over 180 nations who are expected to visit the Expo from October 2020 to April 2021.
Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State and National Media Council chairman, said: "The proposed design of the UAE Pavilion captures the story we want to tell the world about our nation.
"Our late founding father His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan used falconry expeditions to forge connections between tribes and to create a distinct national identity which ultimately led to the founding of the United Arab Emirates.
"Now, the falcon design will symbolise how we are connecting the UAE to the minds of the world and how as a global community we can soar to new heights through partnership and cooperation.”
Speaking of his win, Calatrava, said: "I am deeply honoured that our practice has been chosen to design the national pavilion for Dubai Expo 2020, a project of national and global significance.
"I am confident that the final design will be a symbol of the bold and daring spirit of the UAE, reflected in what is poised to be the most inclusive and global Expo in history."
The pavilion is expected to cover up to 15,000 square meters and will include numerous exhibition areas, an auditorium, food and beverage outlets and VIP lounges.